Probe finds official stole nearly $100,000 from Wayne County town

April 7– In a little over a year’s time, the city recorder of Collinwood managed to steal nearly $100,000 in public funds from the town, an investigation conducted by the state Comptroller’s office in cooperation with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has concluded.

Melissa Broome, who no longer works for the city near the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, stole at least $94,426 by withholding cash collected for utility payments, swimming pool fees and property taxes.

She was indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury and arrested by the TBI on one count of theft over $60,000.

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